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Tax Filing Deadline Two Weeks Away

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Revenue reminded
taxpayers that there are just two weeks before the
traditional April 15 filing deadline. To date, the
Department has processed almost 3.2 million tax
returns and has issued more than $745 million in tax
refunds.  Taxpayers who file their returns
electronically receive their refunds much faster than
those who file paper returns.

More than 93 percent of taxpayers have filed their
taxes electronically, and of those, more than a
quarter million used the free WebFile program at  Taxpayers using the Department’s
website to file their state returns have the option
of direct deposit of refunds or having refunds put on
pre-paid debit cards, to avoid the cost of check
cashing services.  More than 2,000 taxpayers received
a debit card as part of this year’s pilot program.

“I am pleased Illinois taxpayers are finding our
electronic services helpful,” said Brian Hamer, State
Revenue director. “In times like these, when families
are struggling, we need to do everything we can to
get tax refunds to taxpayers quickly and easily.”

WebFile, the State’s interactive filing program,
walks taxpayers through all of the options for
credits and deductions and is available for free to
Illinois tax filers. This is particularly helpful to
families eligible for the Earned Income Credit or
education credits.  To date, more than 681,000
families in Illinois have filed for EIC and they have
received credits of almost $131 million. WebFile also
ensures that senior citizens get the full benefits
allowed under the law by clarifying which pensions or
benefits payment are tax-free on their Illinois
income taxes.

Taxpayers can file electronically in one of three

• WebFile - Taxpayers can file for free at
• Tax professionals – Taxpayers can tell their tax
preparer to file their return electronically
• Tax preparation packages – Taxpayers who purchase a
tax preparation package can file it online instead of
printing and mailing a return

IDOR continues to encourage taxpayers to file
electronically on its website or ask
about E-Filing when they visit their tax preparer.
Electronic filing is fast, easy and, by reducing the
use of paper, is environmentally friendly.


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